White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas

White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas

When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love —
then make the day count!”

Steve Maraboli

Is there a shift in the seasons yet where you are? I can already tell fall is trying to sneak away. Autumn is never long enough for me. I hope winter can hold off at least until all of the flowers have a chance to fade! I’m still enjoying it all!

White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
Read about our Trex deck and railings here

I thought before fall gets too away from us, I’d share a few end of season images from my yard. I sometimes forget what I’ve shared here and what I haven’t. I always intend to share so much more, but it’s not easy to keep up with everything I intend to do! Anyone else relate?

White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
Garden Metal Sign

I’m in so love with the beautiful hue of these hydrangeas right now. They start out pure white in summer, but the fading pink/coral/orange color they are now seems so perfect as a grand finale to fall! I love seeing the color on the other side of the white picket garden gates, too.

You can see the hydrangeas from last year when they were white (at the beginning of summer) in this post about our deck here.

The more seasons we live in this house, the more I notice I’m able to be observant of smaller details. I recognize even subtle changes in the leaves and blooms and how they change week to week, season over season. I start to appreciate how each plant changes and has grown from the year before.

White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas

There’s something so peaceful and refreshing in observing how a garden grows and evolves. I love experiencing familiar seasonal changes and rhythms in a home, especially in fall.

White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas

Those changes year over year and season over season are the special things you miss out on when you move every few years. Or even when you’re always rushing on to the next season or project.

It’s fun to look forward to what’s new, of course, but slowing down to just be present in and appreciate the here and now is my favorite.

White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
Lantern Hook
White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas
White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas

The kindle version of my book Dwelling is on sale for only $1.99 right now!

Go here to order!

I still prefer to hold a real book in my hand, but $1.99 is a great deal!

White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas

“We all want to feel that our home is our haven, but, in between the messes and everyday life, it can be hard to get to that point. In Dwelling, Melissa Michaels shares how to create a haven in your home, body, and spirit in a way that is both doable and uplifting, with words of encouragement and the sure knowledge of having experienced this difficulty firsthand. You won’t be able to put the book down because the steps and processes are ones you’ll want to implement as you’re reading it!”
—Becky Rapinchuk, Clean Mama blog

How to add Character with Light Fixtures

How to add Character with Light Fixtures
Add character with light fixtures!

One of the more impactful yet simple ways to add character to a home is to give it an architectural personality. You can easily define and elevate the style of a space by simply switching outdated or underwhelming light fixtures.

Unique lights will make an impression and tell a story, so they are an excellent way to make any house your own!

Today I thought it would be fun to take a look at both my old house and this house to see how we incorporated my favorite Barn Light fixtures in each. I love these lights because they can be mixed and matched (or combined with other styles!) to get a totally unique look.

I use them in my home to design my own version of casual coastal beach house/farmhouse style! At the bottom of this post you’ll find the lights I have and the specifications on each.

How to add Character with Light Fixtures
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Builder basic light fixtures lacking in personality don’t say much about a home or the homeowner, so they are one of the first things I like to change in the design of a home.

Barn Light Electric has a wide variety of styles and color options for each fixture. You can get creative in each room, resulting in an overall custom look for your home.

How to add Character with Light Fixtures

I still have fixtures to update in my house, so it is a simple update you can do over time! It’s so exciting to get a new light!

Enjoy the inspiration for how to add personality and character with light fixtures! The Barn Light links and specifications for my lights are below.

How to add Character with Light Fixtures
How to add Character with Light Fixtures
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How to add Character with Light Fixtures
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How to add Character with Light Fixtures
How to add Character with Light Fixtures
How to add Character with Light Fixtures

Barn Light Sources (above):

1. Union Stem Mount Pendant Light (in my map hallway)

Options:  Shade Size: 12″ Shade,  Finishes: 355-Jadite ,  Mounting Options: 6″ Stem | ½” Diameter ,  Mounting Finish: Same as Shade,  Canopy Options: Hang Straight Canopy,  Wire Cage: None ,  Cast Guard & Glass: None ,  Cage or Guard Finish: N/A- Not Applicable

2. Sydney Stem Mount Pendant Light (in my son’s room)
Options:  Shade Size: 16″ Shade ,  Finishes: 975-Galvanized ,  Guard Finish: 400-Barn Red,  Glass Options: Clear Glass ,  Socket Type: Standard Medium Base E26 Socket

3. Union Stem Mount Pendant Light (in my kitchen)

Options:  Shade Size: 16″ Shade,  Finishes: 250-White ,  Mounting Options: Flush Mount,  Mounting Finish: Same as Shade,  Canopy Options: Hang Straight Canopy,  Wire Cage: None ,  Cast Guard & Glass: Cast Guard & Ribbed Glass,  Cage or Guard Finish: Same as Shade

4. Wallaby Stem Mount Pendant Light (in my laundry room)
Options:  Shade Size: 12″ Shade ,  Finishes: 307-Emerald Green,  Guard Finish: Same as Shade, Glass Options: Clear Crackle Glass,  Socket Type: Standard Medium Base E26 Socket

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